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Study analysis of hospital safety estimates more than 200,000 preventable facility-related deaths each year

An analysis of two well-controlled studies estimates that the number of preventable hospital-associated deaths are over 200,000 each year, argues a commentary in the Journal of Patient Safety. In an online review, Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, the lead analyst, acknowledges that critics of such studies will say the data is flawed because they often include older and sicker patients. However, he adds they also...

SmartHealthToday: How much caffeine is too much? Some ideas to help you evaluate your habit

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Baby, it’s cold outside and that extra cup of hot tea or coffee sounds soooooo appealing. Can you indulge or should you take a pass? Americans love their caffeine in all its myriad forms – 80 percent of U.S. adults consume caffeine every day, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The typical adult consumes about 200 mg in a day, according to the FDA....

Health Issues Poll provides insight into insurance coverage among Kentucky adults; 12% uninsured

Having health insurance is an important factor in being able to get needed health care. Since 2008, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has asked questions to learn about health insurance coverage among Kentucky adults.  The 2016 KHIP is sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The rate of uninsured adults in Kentucky decreased by half between 2013 (25 percent)...

St. E. Healthcare hosts physical therapy students in friendly ‘Crosstown Splint Off’ competition

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invited students from Mt. St. Joseph University’s physical therapy (PT) program, Xavier University’s occupational therapy (OT) program, and the University of Cincinnati’s physical therapy (PT) program to duel in plastic at the sixth annual “Crosstown Splint Off.” The competition was held at Mt. St. Joseph University physical therapy department in Delhi. The winner...

Bevin declares ‘Rare Disease Day’ on February 28; advocates to gather in Frankfort

Governor Matt Bevin has declared a Day of Proclamation for Kentucky rare disease patients for February 28. Rare disease advocates have joined with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the national sponsor of Rare Disease Day in the US, to organize a special event for legislators, legislative staff, the public and the media to take place from noon until 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda...

SmartHealthToday: Happy Valentine’s Day coming up, some tips on showing how much you really care

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday This Valentine’s Day, show your partner you really care by looking out for his or her health.   Here are some ideas straight from Cupid himself: Ditch the candy and roses. Try sending a sumptuous fruit bouquet instead. It’s sweet and beautiful and – because your sweetie won’t feel guilty about indulging – much less likely to end up next to the coffeepot at...

SmartHealthToday: For your good heart health, don’t overdo the salt; here are foods to avoid

SmartHealthToday Team It’s almost automatic. You sit down to a meal and the first thing you do is reach for the salt shaker. While salt is an essential part of your diet, too much is not a good thing – especially when it comes to your heart. Your body needs a careful balance of salt and water to operate efficiently. Too much salt is bad for your heart According to the American Heart Association...

Medicaid covered more than 650,000 adult Kentuckians in third quarter of 2016

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky More than three-quarters of the adult Kentuckians covered by Medicaid in the third quarter of 2016 were eligible only because Kentucky had expanded its Medicaid program, according to the latest snapshot from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s ongoing study of the Affordable Care Act implementation in the Commonwealth.   Ben Chandler, president and CEO...

SmartHealthToday: Young father, Matt Richard of Fort Thomas, lives with world’s smallest pacemaker

SmartHealthToday Team Life threw a dramatic curve ball to Matt and Krissy Richard of Fort Thomas. The drama started on a Thursday morning, as Krissy prepared breakfast for their four, young children. When Matt walked downstairs, she quickly realized something was very wrong. “He was very confused. He kept saying, ‘I woke up at the wrong point. I feel like I need to go back to sleep,’” remembers...

About those ‘floaters’ — what are they and what do they mean for your eyes? UK expert has answers

By Ann Blackford UK Communications Have you ever noticed the sudden appearance of a black dot in your field of vision that moves around when you move your eyes? It could also look like a cob web. You try blinking but it just won’t go away. They can be quite bothersome especially if you’re trying to read or do other close work. Clare Fraser, MD, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky...

More than 70 percent of Kentucky adults who didn’t have health insurance in early 2016 were working

More than 70 percent of nearly 234,000 Kentucky adults who still didn’t have health insurance in early 2016 said they were working either part- or full-time. Kentucky’s remaining uninsured (click to enlarge) Nearly half had incomes low enough to qualify for Medicaid insurance, according to the latest snapshot from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s ongoing study of the Affordable...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows 40 percent of adults 18-45 have tried e-cigs, despite health risks

Despite federal government and health professional’s warnings that e-cigarettes, or “e-smoking,” can be harmful, nearly 40 percent of adults ages 18-45 in Kentucky have tried an e-cig, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Kentuckians with lower incomes also were about 74 percent more likely to have tried e-smoking than those with higher incomes. More than 60...

Laura Rohling’ s innovative cervical disc replacement restores full mobility through less invasive procedure

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter When Laura Rohling began experiencing horrible headaches, vertigo, and significant pain in her shoulder last September, it struck here as “weird.” “It was weird because it reared its ugly head all of a sudden,” says Rohling. With no history of back or neck issues, Rohling, who is 45-years-old, a mom to two boys, and a full-time real estate broker, was baffled....

The Rural Blog: Majority of children consume one sugary drink a day; links to obesity, poor health

Nearly two-thirds of children ages 2-19 consume at least one sugary drink per day, says a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. “Studies have suggested a link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and dental caries, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children.”...

KentuckyRxCard provides HIPAA compliant prescription discount coupon — it’s free, online

Representatives of the KentuckyRxCard spoke at the Supporting Latino Families Northern Kentucky meeting Thursday at the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The presentation provided information concerning HIPAA compliancy and the importance of protecting Personal Health Information. The KentuckyRxCard provides a HIPAA compliant prescription discount coupon that allows anyone access to discounted prescription...